I’m digging deep for this one. The ’80s saw a lot of interesting, fun, odd, independent comics. Jeff Bonivert’s Atomic Man Comics was one of them.
I don’t remember just how I first encountered Jeff Bonivert’s work, but it most definitely caught my eye. It’s unique for the abstract geometric and graphic way he approaches his drawings. I pick up a bit of an art deco or streamlined feel to it in places. There’s no mistaking his work for anyone else’s.
I believe that like me, Jeff is from the Bay Area. There was a time in the ’80s when we even worked at the same place, but unfortunately I never got to meet him and talk comics (it was a pretty big place).
I somehow managed to get all three issues of Jeff’s Atomic Man Comics back when they came out, and there’s a definite sense of fun to the proceedings. Atomic Man is really kind of a classic-style comics hero. He has super-strength and invulnerability, but doesn’t appear to have any other superpowers beyond that. Jeff added some fresh ideas to the mix, in that Atomic Man is happily married, with two kids, living in San Francisco. Being from the Bay Area, that last part sort of mattered to me, because it seems like the traditional default for most superheroes has been to base them in NYC (or some fictitious NYC surrogate).
For my Atomic Man salute, I thought a stylistic experiment using Adobe Illustrator might be a good way of attempting something that could evoke the look of Jeff Bonivert’s work.
Atomic Man is ™ and © 2014 Jeff Bonivert.